Bahrain: Torture Based on 'British Project'

Bahrain: Torture Based on 'British Project'

"Look at this great presentation, do you see! This is all the work of the British intelligence that is working with us," an officer said as he pointed at a "projector" showing phone conversations between a group of detainees. It was the first time the detainees saw what's happening around them since they were arrested and blindfolded on November 3, 2015.

"Look at this great presentation, do you see! This is all the work of the British intelligence that is working with us," an officer said as he pointed at a  "projector" showing phone conversations between a group of detainees. It was the first time the detainees saw what's happening around them since they were arrested and blindfolded on November 3, 2015.

Maybe these torturer's words reveal the truth about the information Britain presented to the United Nations on Bahrain's so-called success in reforming its security bodies.

Very excessive acts of torture were practiced in one of the latest cases of detainees in Bahrain. That's what the detainees' parents said according to their sons' accounts. Some of the families picked up their sons clothes from the criminal investigations unit and the parents of one of the detainees were very shocked to see that their son's shirt was covered with blood stains, revealing the severity of torture the detainees suffer from.

It is noteworthy that the Bahraini authorities arrested 45 people on Tuesday (November 3, 2015). The detainees said that the Interior Ministry accused them of forming a cell aimed at committing violent acts, manufacturing and collecting arms in addition to incitement. This is a series of repeated charges brought against dozens of "cells" announced by the Interior Ministry.

The detainees reported that new lethal devices are being used to torture them on their genitals and that their condition has become devastating because of these torture methods. Some are not able to walk and one of them told his family that his genitalia is completely damaged. It was reported that detainee Hussein Abdullah Khalaf was exposed to torture until he passed out repeatedly and was admitted to the military hospital. He was also beaten severely on his genital area to the extent that he is no longer able to walk normally. After he was brought back from the hospital, he was also deprived of his pain relieving medication.

It is noteworthy that one of the detainees informed his family that he was interrogated in Dry Dock Prison and not in the investigations unit. Those questioning him were also wearing military uniforms.

This is some of the information emerging from the torture chambers built by the Interior Ministry oppressors who are proud of the unlimited security support from the British intelligence.

Eight youths were arrested from Bilad Al-Qadeem area on November 3, 2015, and taken to an isolated prison linked to Jaw Central Prison, and they remained blindfolded for 24 days. Each detainee was held in solitary confinement. Every one of them was taken separately to the criminal investigations unit, where a number of national security body officers interrogated and tortured them.

Concerning the arrest of Hussein Abdullah, his family stated that their house was raided at 2 a.m. in the morning. His parents were locked inside a room and prevented from leaving until 8 a.m. The security forces who broke into the house to arrest Hussein took an amount of more than 3,500 Bahraini dinars; Hussein had received this money a day before in exchange for his father's car. They also took some of their belongings and a number of new shoes that haven't been opened yet.

It was reported that during the arrest of Hassan Al-Raml, the security forces took his wife's gold necklace that is worth 1,200 BD.

One of the families said that they filed a complaint at the Ombudsman reporting stolen amounts of money during their son's arrest. The family was later surprised to find out that their son was severely beaten and insulted during his interrogation because of this complaint they filed against the security forces.

"For 24 days, we haven't slept but a little. We were brutally tortured. The officers were unbelievably brutal; they bragged all the time about Britain and reiterated in front of us that the Bahraini regime is not alone and that world powers are supporting it against us. That's what we understood," said the detainees to their families.

"Mahdi khalaf was accused of being behind the formation of the cell. He was repeatedly tortured until Wednesday (December 2, 2015). We heard Mahdi Khalaf's screams as they tortured him in cellblock 12 in Dry Dock Prison where we were transferred to a few days ago. The sounds of torture reached the solitary confinement cells. Mahdi is still being severely tortured on a daily basis. He is being taken from Dry Dock Prison, interrogated, tortured and then returned once again," they added.

"There is nothing but coerced confessions and repeatedly made-up scenarios, yet the pain is what remains and their brutal torture practices continue. These are not humans and those who support them are worse than them," the families of detainees stressed, describing the security officers at prison.

"My brother refused to stand up before our parents left the visitation room and after they did, I was shocked to see how my brother's legs were arched. An officer with a cruel face came to help him walk. My brother couldn't walk!," one of the detainees' sister said.

The British role remains convenient for the "torture project" that the Bahraini security forces follow; the torture whose tools became more brutal as the support of British intelligence granted to Bahraini authorities increased. The UK claims that this support is aimed at improving police practices according to international standards, creating enough awareness of these practices and holding sessions on human rights, and on security and the justice system as well! This is the major British lie!


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